What was true in the Pyrenees is also true in the Alps: although the Tour de France is coming to its end, we wanted to offer bold riders the kind of terrain that will allow them to have an impact on the outcome. The first name that comes to me when I think of a rider of this type is Pierre Rolland: he loves the Alps and this run of consecutive cols, notably the Glandon and the Madeleine, seems likely to suit him. It remains to be seen if he will have any room for manoeuvre or if it will come down to a question of who is the strongest if the overall classification is very tight? I would like to see the former scenario. I don't like to think of us already knowing the name of the final winner on the summit of Alpe-d'Huez.
Froome cracks, the French get a win, and Andy Schleck goes past someone on a descent - the madness of doing Alpe d'Huez twice. Huge victory for Riblon, especially considering he crashed.. Nice for the French as well.
Awful spectators, but then you can kind of expect it, and there's not a lot you can do.
Today is a huge day, I'm thinking another break. Evans should get involved too. KOM competition is still quite open, especially with all the mountains we've still got left. If someone can get away on the final climb I could see them holding it on the descent to the line, especially as the descent looks fast and not too technical. Maybe Rodriguez will get away again? Maybe Quintana? For a tiny guy he sprints pretty well.
A few useful links
Everything stays the same, Ro5ey's Roulers by andy rose at the top in the fantasy league, Time to do some crashing at the bottom in the loser league.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/team-sky-releases-froomes-power-data - but really it's just my strava account, Sky paid me loads for it (don't tell anyone)
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froome-happy-to-come-through-alpe-dhuez-stage-unscathed - and his response to the analysis of the data
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contadors-tour-de-france-hopes-fade-on-alpe-dhuez - but is it over? (yes)
http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/06/gallery/pro-bike-gallery-alberto-contadors-custom-specialized-tarmac-sl4_292485 - wohhh, how much does your bike weigh...?
I also give you this...
And the most cheesy video you will ever see..